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Newport Beach in the Rearview Mirror

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A look back at the events and people—famous and forgotten—that shaped Newport Beach. Follow on Instagram (newport_in_the_rearview_mirror) and Facebook (@NewportInTheRearviewMirror).
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We take a visit to Newport Beach's quirky, beloved, doomed-from-the-start and (by today's standards) wildly politically incorrect Newport Harbor Buffalo Ranch. Guest: Author and local historian Duncan Forgey who fondly recounts attending a birthday party at the Buffalo Ranch as a 9-year-old.
A five-question, multiple-choice pop quiz on Newport Beach history. Here are the questions (no Googling before listening): What eyesore did the  City Council nearly approve in 1956 that would have been just off the coast of Newport? What year were Corona del Mar's parking issues first brought to City Hall?Who was Bob Henry, the namesake of the park on the Castaways bluff?What amazing find did workers uncovered on the banks of the Back Bay during the construction of the Newporter Inn (now the Hyatt Regency)?What was Newport Center/Fashion Island's working name during its planning?
If Newport Beach had a Mount Rushmore, Judge Robert Gardner would be on it. Among his legacies: Pioneering bodysurfer, groundbreaking judge and master storyteller whose tales of early Balboa provide the best (and most entertaining) account of the city's early days. Guest: Nancy Gardner, the judge's daughter.
A killer whale trapped in Newport Harbor became the first orca in the world to be taken into captivity. The sensational story, which has tragic international legacy of more than 50 years, has become a largely forgotten chapter in Newport Beach history.
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